THE retired Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, Baroness Nuala O’Loan, is among the guest speakers for the upcoming annual National Public Novena at Knock Shrine. The daily sessions wil be at 3pm and 8.30pm.
The list of speakers for the 2012 Novena, which runs from August 14 -22, was announced last week. Fr Pat Farragher, CC, Castlebar, will deliver the homily on the opening day. Fr Benny McHale, Athenry, and a native of the Ross-Crimlin area of Mayo, will speak on Wednesday, August 15, one of the special days of the year at Knock Shrine.
The others speakers are Fr Michael Drumm, STL, Columba Centre, Maynooth, Rev Philip Boyce, DD. Bishop of Raphoe, Rev Christopher Jones, DD, Bishop of Elphin and Justin Kilcullen, director of Trocaire. The newly-appointed PP in Knock, Fr Richard Gibbons, will speak on Tuesday, August 21, the anniversary of the 1879 Apparition. The new Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, American-born Msgr Charles Browne, will deliver the homily on the closing day of the Novena.